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MARTINEZ -- Thomas of Cedar Crest, New Mexico, passed away on December 30, 2005 from complications of Parkinson's disease. Tom was born on September 22, 1923 in Cimarron, New Mexico. He was the son of Solomon and Carolina Maxwell Martinez. Tom enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and was stationed in Columbia, South Carolina where he met Jerry Jones. Tom and Jerry were married on September 15, 1945. They recently celebrated their 60th anniversary surrounded by their loving family. Tom graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Civil Engineering. He worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and was responsible for designing many of the bridges, roads, and hatcheries around the country. After retiring from the fish and wildlife, he started Tom Martinez and Sons-Surveying. He also built Tom and Jerry Plaza in Cedar Crest in the early 70's. Tom is survived by his loving family, his wife, Jerry; his sons, David and his wife, Debbie and their children, Brandon and his wife, Valerie, and daughter, Halo, Marc, Michelle, and Kimberly; Jimmy and his wife, Jessie and their children, Tommy and Dru Bailey; Gary and his wife, Mary and their children, Jeff and Ashley; John and his wife, Carol and their children, John Thomas and Jodi; Bobby and his daughter, Marisa Carolina and her mother, Terri. Tom's daughters are Diane and her husband, Kent Hansen and their son, Matt and his wife, Miranda and daughter Terriana; Brenda Martinez; Beatrice Cunningham and her children, Lora, Alyssa and her son, Marlon, and Gregory and his wife Veronica, and their daughters, Candice, Jackie, Lena, and Veronica; and special friend, Vangie Varney. Tom Martinez will be remembered for his tremendous love for his family and for being a very hard-working individual who always did each job to the best of his ability. He will be missed by family and friends alike. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at Aspen Funeral Services, 1935 Juan Tabo NE on Friday, January 6th at 11 am.
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MATHES -- Terry Lee Mathes, 56, of Moriarty, NM, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2005 in Albuquerque, NM with his loving family beside him. Terry was born October 21, 1949 to Leonard and Lois "Ilene" (Kutzner) Mathes. He married Kathleen Olsen on September 23, 2000 in Moriarty, NM. Terry proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He was active in the D.A.V., and the V.F.W. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus as a Fourth Degree Knight. He served as a Lector as well as a Mayordomo for the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Moriarty, NM. Terry is survived by his wife, Kathleen of the home; his sons, Sean McCloskey and his wife, Samantha of Moriarty, NM, David McCloskey of Albuquerque, NM, Dale McCloskey and his wife, Reyna of Broken Arrow, OK, and Brian McCloskey of Moriarty, NM; daughters, Tammie Spann and her husband, Steve of Moriarty, NM, and Lenora Mathes of Albuquerque, NM; a brother, Jeremy Mathes of Orange Park, FL; a sister, Denise Beasley and her husband, Terry of Derby, KS; five grandchildren, Alicia Ann, Julianna, Kailee, Sheldon, and Bryanna; and his father, Leonard Mathes of Moriarty, NM. His mother, Ilene, preceded him in death. Terry will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, and friend and will be missed by all that knew and loved him. There will be a Rosary recited for Terry on Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Moriarty, NM. A Mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 6, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Moriarty, NM. Father William Young will officiate. Pallbearers will be Manuel Baldonado, Pat Romero, Michael Tavenner, Pete Tapia, James Waters, and Lincoln Richey. Honorary Pallbearers will be Sean McCloskey, David McCloskey, Dale McCloskey, Brian McCloskey, Steven Spann, Joshua Mathes, Mike Crowley, Michael Hearn, and Charles Hearn. Arrangements entrusted to Harris-Hanlon Mortuary (505)832-6130 "Our Family Serving Your Family" www.Harris-HanlonMortuary.com'
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MONTANO -- Sylvia D. Montano. The family would like to thank all of their relatives and friends who attended the Rosary and Funeral Services. They would also like to express their gratitude for all the love, care, and compassion that has been shown to them. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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MONTOYA -- Regina D. Montoya, 57, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2006 surrounded by her family. Two major highlights in her life were her graduation from the University of New Mexico and having ten years of being clean and sober. Regina is survived by her father, Carlos M. Montoya; son, Jerry Reeder and wife, Janet, all of Albuquerque; brother, Patrick Montoya and wife, Marilyn, of Farmington; granddaughters, Julia and Jenna Reeder; nieces, Lori Edney, Danielle Edney, and Brittany Mirabal and husband, Stephen; and her loving dog, Buster. Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2006 at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. The family requests in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1-800-ACS-2345, or to the AGORA-UNM Crisis Center, 277-3013. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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NORRIS -- Grace L. Cook Norris, 98, died Sunday, January 1, 2006 at the Salerno Bay Manor in Stuart, FL. Grace was formerly of Meriden, KS and spent most of her life in Albuquerque, NM. Grace was born November 11, 1907 in Paxico, KS, the daughter of Lewis Earl Shaffer and Mattie M. (Fessler) Shaffer. Grace was a 1924 graduate of Meriden Rural High School and attended Washburn University, Topeka, KS. Grace married Ray Cook on July 28, 1931 in Topeka, KS; he preceded her in death on October 30, 1958. She married Bob Norris on June 9, 1973 in Topeka, KS. He preceded her in death in February 1992. Grace was a Publications officer for the United States Government, retiring in 1965. She was a Charter Member and Past President of Women's Progress Club in Albuquerque, NM. She was a Methodist. Grace is survived by her son, Lewis "Bud" Cook; Topeka, KS; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 6, 2006 at the Barnett-Chapel Oaks Meriden Chapel in Oskaloosa, KS. She will lie in state from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Friday at the chapel.
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PADILLA -- Andy C. Padilla Jr., age 75, of Isleta Pueblo, passed away peacefully at home on December 26, 2005. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine Catholic Church and burial at the Isleta Pueblo cemetery on December 27, 2005. He was preceded in death by parents, Andy C. Padilla, Sr. and Elena Vasquez Padilla; and son, Andres C. Padilla III. He is survived by wife, Rita Tenorio Padilla; daughter, Anna Padilla and husband, John Santillanes; daughter, Helen B. Padilla; daughter, Gloria Pargas and husband, Dominic Pargas; grandchildren, John Raymond Santillanes, Jr., CristiAna Santillanes, Dominique Pargas, and Gabriella Pargas; sister, Pauline Ramsdell of Rialto, CA; several cousins, godchildren, nephews, nieces, and many friends. Andy loved farming, ranching, and was a retired Sheet Metal Worker Journeyman from Local Union #49. He owned a small business at the Pueblo. He graduated from Albuquerque High School and the University of Albuquerque. He served his community on the Isleta Pueblo Tribal Council for numerous terms throughout his lifetime. He advocated for water rights by serving as a Board member on the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. He served in the U.S. Navy. Andy was a strong and vital man who impacted the lives of many. With constant love and devotion, he provided a perfect life and home for his family. His intelligence, curiosity and zest for life guided and taught those who chose to learn from him. His large presence and strength will surely be missed. Andy, Dad, and Tata, WE LOVE YOU.
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PADILLA -- Lupita Ortiz Padilla passed away on December 30, 2005. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Cipriano Padilla; one son, Cecilio Padilla; one grandson, Patrick Padilla; one daughter-in-law, Frances Padilla; her parents; and all of her brothers and sisters, whom she laid to rest. She is survived by her daughters, Virginia and husband, Henry Pacheco, Charlotte and husband, Gerald Grimm, Judy and husband, Clifford DeLara, and Rosalie and husband, Rod Sanchez; her sons, Tony Padilla, Cipriano Jr. and wife, Violet Padilla, Pete and wife, Mary Padilla, Sam and wife, Karen Padilla, Frankie and wife, Grace Padilla, Leandro and wife, Margie Padilla, and Wilfred and wife, Emily Padilla; daughters-in-law, Melba Padilla and Theresa Garcia; 45 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Cipriano Jr., Pete, Sam, Frankie, Leandro, and Wildred Padilla. Honorary Pallbearer will be Tony Padilla. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 4, 2006 at Risen Savior Catholic Community. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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PAYNE -- Michael Payne, 46, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died Monday, January 2, 2006. He is survived by his parents, M.L. and Maxine Payne of Albuquerque; grandmother, Mary West of Clovis, NM; sister, Desaree Jimenez and husband, Del of Espanola, NM; nieces, Cassidy and Mariah Jimenez of Espanola, NM; and aunt, LaVerne Griggs and husband, Bill of Lubbock, TX. Michael was preceded in death by his niece, Sydney Whitfield. He was a member of Holiday Park Community Church of the Nazarene. Michael worked for many years as a systems engineer. Services will be held Friday, 11:00 a.m., at Holiday Park Community Church of the Nazarene, 11435 Montgomery Blvd. NE, with Pastor Michael Johnson officiating. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 3150 Carlisle NE, Suite 35, Albuquerque, NM 87110. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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RHODES -- Virgil Oren Rhodes, 81, a resident of Albuquerque since 1964, died on Saturday, December 31, 2005. Virgil is survived by his daughters, Janet Rhodes and husband, Delbert of Albuquerque, Doris Rhodes of Albuquerque, Carolyn Jameson and husband Terry, of Las Cruces; grandchildren, Heather Rhodes, April Rhodes, Nicole Rhodes, Lee Rhodes, Spc. Sonia Shingleton, Matthew Seik and Jason Seik, all of Albuquerque; and great-grandson, Justin Rhodes of Albuquerque; sister, Dorothy Brightbill and husband, Bruce of Cotton Center, TX; sister, Florence Rhoades of Ventura, CA; sister-in-law, Iva Rhodes of Lubbock, TX; and many nephews, nieces and cousins. He is also survived by his loving and dedicated companion of three and a half years, Evelyn Schaefer of Houston, TX. He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Irving Rhodes, his mother, Florence Opal Rhodes and his brother, Irvan Rhodes. He was a member of the Rio Rancho Kiwanis Club. Virgil was born in Hale County, TX, on December 7, 1924. He served 30 months in the Army Air Corp during WWII. Upon his discharge from the Army, he settled in Abernathy, TX, married, began his family and purchased an irrigated cotton farm. He loved to fly private planes and obtained his pilot's license, commercial and flight instructor's licenses. He moved his family to Albuquerque in 1964 and became a licensed realtor and contractor. In 1970, Virgil was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives from District 14 in Albuquerque. He served two terms in the NM Legislature and in 1974 ran for Lt. Governor with gubernatorial candidate Joe Skeen. In 1991, Virgil was elected to the New Mexico State Senate where he served from 1992 through 1996. Virgil's family would be honored to have members of the NM House of Representatives and NM Senate who served with Virgil serve as honorary pallbearers. Funeral services will take place on Thursday, January 5 at 11 a.m. at French Mortuary on Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, on Wednesday, January 4 from 6-9 p.m. Those wishing to do so may make contributions in Virgil's honor to the Virgil Rhodes Collection at the UNM Zimmerman Library, - UNM Library, MSCO5, 87131 or the American Lung Association of NM, 7001 Menaul Blvd.NE, Suite 1-A, 87110. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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ROCKAFELLOW -- Charlotte age 86, of Albuquerque, New Mexico passed away December 28th, 2005 in Mesa Arizona, at her daughter's home. She was born April 26th, 1919, and is survived by her two daughters, Patty Urban, of Mesa, Arizona and Wendy Hughes, of San Diego, California; and her three sisters, Gretchen Carroll, Elsa Schultz, and Heppy Leith. She was a loving mother, and a beloved friend to many. She served others all her life with great joy. Char regarded being the creator and sole owner of "Chars Country Place", her greatest and most satisfying labor of love. Her warm and vibrant spirit will dwell in our hearts and with the Lord forever. There are no services planned, at her request. However, donations to Vista Care Hospice in her name may be sent to: 4222 East Thomas Road, Suite 220 Phoenix Arizona 85018. (800) 851-3522
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